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ALACHUA COUNTY SKYWARN
SEVERE WEATHER STORM SPOTTER TRAINING CLASS


Alachua County SKYWARN will be holding a

   BASIC AND ADVANCED SPOTTER TRAINING CLASS...

Date :         February 27th, 2006 (Monday)
Time :         6:00 PM
Where:         Alachua County Library Headquarters
               401 East University Avenue
               (Map available at http://alachuaskywarn.org/classes.html)

Instructor:    Al Sandrik, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS-JAX
  
Sponsored by:  Alachua County SKYWARN.


DESCRIPTION

SKYWARN is a program developed by the National Weather Service to train the
general public on how to spot and report signs of dangerous severe weather
to the NWS and local Emergency Management officials.  The information
relayed by spotter is vital in aiding the NWS in fine tuning watches and
warnings.  Spotter reports provide "ground truth" for the NWS, and aid
meteorologist in their interputation of radar information.

This will be a combined a BASIC- and ADVANCED-level class.  Anyone may
attend.  There is no age limit to attend the class; however, only those 18
and older will be recognized as NWS Spotters.  There are no fees to take
the course; this is offered to the public free of charge.  So invite your
friends!  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  So please contact us ahead of time
Using the contact information below so that we can reserve your seat(s).


AGENDA

The class should last a little under three hours, starting at 6:00 PM and
lasting until about 8:45 PM.

The Instructor will present two power point classes - with a 30 minute
video included in the Advanced class.  There will be a short break between
the Basic and Advanced classes, and those who only wish to become "Basic
Spotters" need not attend the second half.  The Basic class includes
essential information which the NWS needs to ground truth ongoing warnings,
while the Advanced class tends to be more techincal and covers many signs
of developing severe weather.  Upon the completion of the basic
presentation, the attendees, 18 and over, will be given a "Spotter ID card"
and those attending the Advanced Class may obtain an Advanced Certificate
online.  Attendees will be asked to provide voluntary contact information
to the National Weather Service, as well as the ALACHUA COUNTY SKYWARN
organization (two seperate lists).  All information given to the National
Weather Service and to Alachua Co. SKYWARN is strictly confidental and will
not be released to any third party.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Related web pages:

 o Alachua County SKYWARN
   - Main Page: http://alachuaskywarn.org
   - Class Schedule: http://alachuaskywarn.org/classes.html

 o National Weather Service. - Jacksonville Office
   http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jax/skywarn.shtml


CONTACT INFO & QUESTIONS

Todd L. Sherman, Coordinator
Tel:  (352) 379-4911 (Home)
Tel:  (352) 256-0504 (Cell)
E-mail: [log in to unmask]


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 Todd L. Sherman / KB4MHH          Coordinator
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